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Analysis and comments on Morning Song by Sylvia Plath

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Comment 26 of 161, added on December 21st, 2010 at 3:22 PM.

i think this poem is amazing. She is not being cold at all. when she says
that our voicves echo, magnifying your arrival. new statue. in a drafty
museumj, your nakedness shadows our safety. we stand round blankly as
walls. is saying her baby is the art that is holding her eye. its the
artwork she wants to protect and admire. and it is the art she is admiring.
read your own, sylvia. its explains how sylvia plath. she was not selfish.
not even with the suicide attempts. she was lost. her husband and her did
not get along at all and got a divorce. she stayed with her children and
loved them each dearly. she miscarried once and immediately tried for
another baby soon after. this gave her her son nick. the book your own
sylvia explains this to us in a series of poems about her growing up and
dating and how family tensions within her husbands side of the family
towards her were a heavy burden on her. Since she was young she was seeking
love and by saying that she admired her child and protected it like the
museum would she is showing she has someone to love now. She is making her
baby everything to her. Her children in life were the things that inspired
her in poetry. so did giving birth to such amazing human beings. She is a
person who people get the wrong idea about. she was not a bad person. just
confused and wanting love.

Dagmar from United States
Comment 25 of 161, added on May 3rd, 2010 at 12:00 AM.
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Comment 24 of 161, added on May 30th, 2009 at 8:28 PM.

This is possibly one of the most moving and truthful poems on becoming a
new mother. Who among us who have had children can forget the intense inner
turmoil, fear,love, feeling of loss of one's identity, the rawness of one's
own body as compared to the radiant perfection of the newborn baby, the
sense of mystery and inhabited us in the aftermath of giving birth? What I
also appreciate is the total lack of sentimentality. Wasn't it Norman
Mailer who said that "sentimentality is for those who have no true
sentiment"? So what if the poem stems from Plath's depression? So much of
art stems from torment and self-doubt and that fact is not reductive -
rather the opposite when we think of Goya and Donne for example. Motherhood
walks a the tightrope of bliss and fear from the very first moment and
Plath captures that truth wonderfully.

Sonya White-Domergue from France
Comment 23 of 161, added on May 29th, 2009 at 1:12 AM.

I really don't like reading this poem, I find it so disturbing. i don't
think this is a poem about the joys of being a mother etc etc... I think
this is an expression of her detachment from her child which I think is the
saddest idea in the world. The bond between a mother and child should be
strong an beautiful but in "Morning Song" the baby is objectified: "New
Statue." Even the act of making the baby has a satirical tone, destroying
the so called most beautiful act of love: "Love set you going like a fat
gold watch." The beginning of the child's life is not special and
miraculous, but simply a process. "The miswife slapped your footsoles" -
raw, harsh. This complements the next line: "Your bald cry/ Took its place
among the elements." Elements - raw, harsh. The text has the feeling of
tiredness and antiquity, which is wrong! Its a new baby! "New Statue/ In a
drafty museum" and "Your moth breath."

Eleanor from Australia
Comment 22 of 161, added on May 29th, 2009 at 1:13 AM.

This poem raises a concept that emerged largely after WWII: That numbness
can be an emotion. In other words, this poem is not so much emotionless,
despite Plath's evident numbness due to shock and anxiety.

"We stand 'round blankly as walls." ~ Blank walls are ready to have
something new written on them.

"The cloud that distills a mirror to reflect its own/ slow/ Effacement at
the wind's hand." This is analogical of her life and how she sees her baby.

Carly from Australia

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Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: Morning Song
Volume: The Collected Poems
Year: 1961
Added: Feb 20 2003
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Poem of the Day: Jul 11 2006

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